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How much we can change ourselves can be explored by looking at the extremes.
We live in neither of these realities. Obviously, we are not completely rigid nor entirely malleable. If our nature is fixed, self-discovery is essential. If our nature is malleable, self-improvement is needed.
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Studies involving identical and fraternal twins (even reared apart) showed that most parts of our nature are partly heritable. Intelligence may be as high as 80% heritable, but 50% is the standard number of many of the domains, including personality.
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We live between rigidity and malleability. It means that both self-discovery and self-improvement matter.
While genetic research stands out in favour of rigidity, there is contrary evidence.
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